A collaboration (of sorts) between Mother Nature and Los Angeles-based artist Emilie Halpern, Shōka, Halpern’s current show at Peppin Moore, has been on view since the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, and it closes on the upcoming winter solstice on December 21st. The exhibition has three stages, which is a concept derived in part from the shōka style of ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of floral composition. The shōka style, cultivated in the Ikenobō school in the 15th century, is a minimal description of the universe in three parts: the earth (地), the heavens (天), and humanity (人).
The first part of her exhibition titled 地 (pronounced chi, meaning ‘earth’) consists of fluorescent rocks set up in a rectangle according to the proportions of the gallery. In the day, the lights appear to be minimal earthwork. At night when exposed to black light they become fluorescent.
Part two was titled Shōka 天 (pronounced ten, meaning ‘heaven’) and it documented the sunlight in the gallery on the first day of the show. Gold leaf marks the gallery space at the time when diret sunlight hit the interior on October 26, 2013.
The final part of the show is 人 (pronounced jin, meaning ‘human’) and it consists of a collection of Halpern’s pottery works. Representative of the human interaction and manipulation of the two prior elements, pottery is an apt culminating medium.
Halpern’s exhibitions are the final for Pepin Moore Gallery.
Two of my favorite upcoming artists, Timothy Bergstrom & Denise Kupferschmidt recently opened up solo shows respectively @ Halsey McKay in East Hapmton. Tim brings a new suite of his gluey material paintings that visually imitate sounds, while Kupferschmidt shows a series of studies surrounding a sculptural installation, as well as a lovely mural. Good stuff, more after the jump.
Stephanie Davidson’s works are, for lack of a better word, super bratty. Like she totally knows it, too. It’s loaded with post-modern irony lost in the throes of youthful know-it-allness. (My Swedish friend calls them: Besser-Vissers. Better knowers? I always liked this invented word.) It’s kinda like wearing a scrunchie and reading the Babysitter’s Club while blasting Boyz II Men just for the kicks of a patronizingly late 90’s obtuse reference, regardless of how little I actually like it. Or, like staring into a gradient-laden orb slowly rotating a white wizzard in the middle of space. (PS thanks to Jason Redwood for the link.)
Ramon Coronado is an independent, cross-media visual designer based out of Los Angeles. I saw his work at the Art Center Undergraduate Graduation show and noticed it immediately due to Ramon’s clean and professional presentation. I really liked his Mercado Negro project (after the jump), a 2 week on-taking that deals with reclaiming an ordinary, everyday object and transforming it into a whole new object.
This video reminded me of my 5th grade teacher who told my mom that If I kept listening to Metallica and Anthrax, and continued to skateboard that I would turn into a devil worshipping drug addict. Her nut job predictions didn’t come true since I became an atheist drug free vegan. Go figure. Watch the full video after the jump.
It’s Tuesday and time once again for our exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website builder Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create gorgeous websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the multi-media work of Jonah Fernandez Olson.
Los Angeles based artist Jonah Fernandez Olson uses printmaking, rubbing, drawing, collage, and other markmaking techniques to investigate the process of landscape formation and the relationships between changing and static, internal and external personal environments. Recently he has been creating work focusing on the San Gabriel Mountains, the fastest growing and fastest eroding mountain range in the world.
“In my case, “drawing” is the formation of any object, and the object acts as landscape. I believe land formation, at its core, is no different from drawing, and the artist forms landscapes in a way that is no different in essence from how the earth’s surface is self generating, or how anything is created.
The creation, collection, and re-appropriation of elements colliding to form a topographical object is the drawing. The studio is the “core” containing his ephemeral detritus. Here, material has been melted down, eroded, and regurgitated into layers. Color is used as it surfaces in availability and necessity. Formations become descriptive or obscure. Landscapes endure, or they die at a faster rate and re-enter the core. The crust is fluid. “
As children, Disney movies provide us with an idealized portrait of adulthood, full of adventure and happy endings. The artist Jeff Hong provides an alternate narrative in “Unhappily Ever After;” here, our beloved Disney princesses and animals are subjected to the realities of a cruel, dark world. Set against moody, disturbing backdrops, the animated characters appear entirely out of place, stunned by the state of the human condition.
Unlike the work of Dina Goldstein, a photographer who imagined the heartbreaking fates of Disney princesses, Hong’s images preserve the two-dimensional form of the famed Disney characters, a choice which heightens the drama of each piece. As if hurled from an easily understood storybook fairytale, the princesses suffer within a more realistic (and three-dimensional) photographic space.
Throughout “Unhappily Ever After,” the artist pointedly draws attention to current social injustices. These characters, with whom we associate our own wide-eyed innocence, are placed within a a racially-segregated America (Tiana) or a casino that now occupies a Native American reservation (Pocahontas). Animal cruelty and environmental negligence are laid bare as Dumbo suffers the life of a circus animal, Bambi is hunted and stuffed, and Ariel’s lungs fill with polluted water. Simbo is held captive in a zoo. Alice forsakes Wonderland to maintain her drug habit in the streets, and Cinderella is left in a dark alleyway, her clothes ripped from her body. It is profoundly unsettling to witness these childhood symbols in such a difficult world; more distressing still is the fact these injustices and hardships happen every day. Take a look. (via Design Boom)
Lernert & Sander embrace the urge for cosmetic overkill in Natural Beauty where they apply 365 layers (1 years worth) of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one. Makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan helped to execute the vision, slathering a host of Ellis Faas products on Belgian beauty Hannelore Knuts, who was recently named the new face of Swiss fashion house Akris. Lernert & Sander began collaborating in 2006; since then they’ve done everything from melt a chocolate bunny with a hairdryer to repurpose household appliances as sex toys in the name of video art.